You know, all of us won’t face the same path in life. I came to a place of discovery a very long time ago (over 15 years now) where I only move based on conviction. I had this special encounter when I was serving as a Corp member that gave me express direction as to where to turn as regards my career.
After service year, opportunities presented themselves to me 3 different times on a platter of gold to work in the banking sector but I rejected them. People close to me thought I was insane to have rejected such offers. Others tried talking me into doing it until I got my own dream job. But hey, I didn’t care about all that. I was fixed on traveling the road that was mapped out for me.
That route was academics. So, the first thing was to start a Master’s degree program immediately. It was a full-time program so I thought to myself, if I had taken up the job at the bank, I most likely wouldn’t have done as well as I did on my MSc because I would have been stuck in between my job and school. That is if it would have been possible for me to attend to school work at all.
I wasn’t idle then though. I had started making cakes for commercial purpose as an undergraduate student so I just decided to do the same during the MSc programme to support what my parents gave me. After my course work, I got a teaching job in one of the foremost high schools in the city where I schooled. And guess what, when I was convinced that my time was up in that school, I tendered my resignation.
Something funny happened at that point though… The principal refused to accept my resignation 😂 He said I couldn’t leave. My students loved me and this is no gainsay. Within the short period I was there, I had started some initiatives in the school too. He tried to cajole me with a salary raise but it didn’t work. He started pestering me about how it was not good to leave a job for no job but still, I was resolute. It was time to leave.
I shared my experiences to say this: “Live your life based on convictions.” If you do this, you wouldn’t easily be swayed by what people say or what the rave of the moment is.
I hear people say things like, “Start this business and sack your boss in 2 years”. They sound like if you are in a paid employment, you are a loser. I laugh. Why? Everyone has his own path in life. We can’t all be on the same path. Some of us will be strictly business owners. While others will combine both; like yours truly.
It is high time we stopped judging people because of our own myopic visions. I will say it again, “We will not all sack our bosses.” It won’t happen. Yes, we are faced with the reality of diversification of sources on income (and I hope you know I am a strong advocate for that). However, I believe it is wrong to look down on people without knowing why they are doing that thing for which we are looking down on them.
I tell people all the time that I am not going to stop lecturing. Even if my business grows to the point where I earn my annual salary on the lecturing job in one month, I still wouldn’t stop. I know my path and no one can sweet talk me out of it. I know where I am going. And I know my ‘why’.
See, have a clear-cut vision for your life. With that, you will be able to take decisions based on personal conviction.
I hope you get my message ☺